Way back in early 1988 GW invented the first titans. Let’s head back over three decades and take a look.
Adeptus Titanicus kicked off EPIC scale gaming and brought us the main classes of Imperial (and later Eldar and Ork) titans way back in. It was an awesome game that opened up new worlds like the Horus Heresy and illuminated vast new areas of the grimdark previously unseen.
The original game came with styrofoam buildings never seen since and 6 plastic warlord titans! With the arrival of a 21st Century Adeptus Titanicus stomping over us all, it’s a great time to look back the teensy titans that started it all.
The original “beetle-back” Warlord had more weapon options than actual parts of its hull to assemble. It could be purchased in sets of 6 in the below “Battle Titans” plastic box.
Here are the Warlord weapon sprues, designed to come off and on to the weapon hardpoints, so you could swap them out from game to game.
Here’s a single Warlord titan sprue. The base was two parts with an internal column to fit a plastic disk around to track your current void shields. It was similar to the current X-Wing maneuver dials, and the current shield-count was visible through the small hole atop the base in between the Warlord’s feet. There were two different head choices.
Here’s a sample fellow with dual missiles up top and two volcano cannons down below. A slow Nemesis gunship, meant for standoff engagements.
Here you can see the various sub-categories of Death Bringer, Nightgaunt, Eclipse, and Nemesis. You will note the more heavily armed versions are substantially slower, yet better protected. The faster ones were very maneuverable and meant to get in fast and kill at point-blank range. Forge World has said new Titan classes are coming for the new Adeptus Titanicus and I would not be surprised to see some of these classic names rise again.
The Reaver medium titan was introduced in short order (the next month) and was also a modular design. It, however, was all metal and lost the easy mix-and-matching weapons of the Warlord.
There were a couple of head variants and the option of mounting the banner pole atop the chassis for a higher-speed option.
The Warhound scout titans arrived with the Reavers and brought incredible speed to the titan legions.
From the beginning, Warhounds were described as being used in pairs.
They only mounted two-weapon hardpoints, but had the speed to flank and get into the vulnerable rear of their larger lumbering brothers. Many a Warlord was brought down by a point-blank plasma blastgun to its plasma reactor from directly behind.
In later years, GW would introduce a large set of rare weapons and titan hardpoint accessories, as well as bits for making mutated Traitor Titans. From the carapace landing pad which included a spotter Land Speeder for drawing an increased line of sight, to the Corvus Assault Pod which came with 4 squads of Terminators inside ready to pour into and capture whatever you punched – these added a lot of spice to titan battles.
Fast Forward to Now
Time to time warp forward to now and WHEW it’s stunning to look at a three-decade difference in plastic technology side by side. The Warlord, Reaver, and Warhound are enough to make your eye’s water – and GW is slowly working through the Knights. I have a feeling the recent Warmonger is only a matter of time.
With plenty of little brothers to assist.
~Who still has some of these metal veterans on your dusty shelves?